Jesus fulfilled (and fulfills) the Law. But how? That is the subject of this talk (22 mins).

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Main ideas:

  • The Law and Prophets are the foundation on which Jesus begins his transformative ministry. Analogy: algebra builds on arithmetic—not invalidating it, but fulfilling it.
  • This fulfillment is illustrated in Matt 5:21-7:27. Matthew's 14 fulfillment formulae, interestingly, all cite the Prophets, (1:22; 2:15; 2:17; 2:23; 3:15; 4:14; 5:17; 8:17; 12:17; 13:35; 21:4; 26:54; 26:56; 27:9).
  • Jesus is triple Messiah (anointed prophet, priest, and king).
  • We also understand fulfillment through typology (offices, persons, institutions, things, events).
  • And through the feasts and holy times of the Jewish year.
  • Jesus is God's obedient Son, in contrast to Israel, his disobedient Son. See Exodus 4:22.
  • Jesus perfectly loves God and neighbor. See Matt 7:12.
  • "Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to everyone who believes" (Rom 10:4).

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